Cybersecurity and Botnet Mitigation (Fall 2006 - Fall 2011)

spot-botnetDate: Fall 2006 - Fall 2011

Authors: Johannes Bauer and Professor Michel van Eeten of the Delft University of Technology

This collaborative endeavour with Professor Michel van Eeten and other researchers at the Delft University of Technology studies theoretically and empirically the economics of cybercrime and cybersecurity. The research has been funded by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva, and several Dutch government bodies. Findings have been presented at numerous conferences, published in academic journals and policy working papers (most recently "The Role of Internet Service Providers in Botnet Mitigation: An Analysis Based on Spam Data", STI Working Paper 2010/5, OECD: Paris, available at

Based on an analysis of more than 100 billion messages, the research indicates that infected machines on the Internet are more concentrated in legitimate ISPs than hitherto assumed. This has significant policy implications and suggests that public-private partnerships might be an effective way to mitigate threats to information security.

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